The Cambridge history of English literature, 1660-1780 /

Other Authors: Richetti, John J.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: New Cambridge history of English literature
Online Access: Online version
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Much has changed since the publication of the old Cambridge History of English Literature (1907-27). Back then "literary history" meant a progression of great names--in other words, the canon laid out chronologically. In this volume in "The New Cambridge History of English Literature" series, Richetti (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and his distinguished contributors have put the "history" back into literary history. One finds little pious genuflection before the great names in British literature; only two authors, Dryden and Swift, get chapters to themselves. The other chapters put literature in a historical context by addressing genres (the novel, georgic poetry, periodical essays), social history (the book trade, copyright legislation), and topics once tangential to literature but now central (history, philosophy, folklore). The essays are clearly written, well informed, and up-to-date in their scholarship. Faculty will find this a convenient compendium of recent thinking on many topics; students will be grateful for a starting point; advanced scholars will even benefit from reading the thick volume from cover to cover. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. T. Lynch Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark

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